On Twitter. I read:
"Stop whining like a girl, boys don't whine, only girls whine…." (@sewing circus)
But words, overheard, spoken by a mother to her son.
If the mother in question truly holds this belief about girls and is teaching this view to her son. Then what hope is there?
What opinions will her son be forming about girls, women, females in general. Not to mention his own mum.
Perhaps even more importantly, how is he to act towards females both now and in the future?
It's just bewildering to me that we continue to hold these negative beliefs about our gender.
And then what do we do? We go ahead and reinforce it in others!
Fortunately my Rage eventually turned to excitement, as my interaction with @sewingcircus continued late into the night. Excited - Not only because I was feeling so happy to stumble upon another being who shares similar passions. But also because she is doing something about it!
Sewing Circus (a.k.a Fran) has a wonderful and inspirational idea. Her Twitter Tagline reads:
'Colourful handmade clothes. Campaigning against gender stereotyping on the High Street'
"My daughter Scarlett inspired me to start Sewing Circus because no high street retailer sold clothes in the prints she wanted to wear. As a Mum I was fed up of the pink/blue divide, which encourages boys the same age to take ownership of Science, History and Engineering subjects – whereas girl's are told there is more value in looking pretty or being passive princesses than just having fun. The idea of a “Just for girls!” section appalled me, why not let children choose instead of defining those choices by gender?
With support and guidance from Liverpool's Women's Organisation, I launched Sewing Circus and my range of Aeroplane Pinafore Dresses, Unisex Space Trousers and Dinosaur Skirts in June 2013."
I hope you like them too and I encourage you to tell all of your friends and spread the word about this wonderful lady's work.
Sewing Circus is also endorsed by Pinkstinksuk